Michelle Loxton

Host and Reporter

Michelle Loxton joined KAZU in 2019. Her radio career started in her home country of South Africa where she worked in both community and commercial radio. Before moving to the Monterey Bay Area, she worked in the United Arab Emirates for almost five years at the Arabian Radio Network. Michelle has experience as a reporter, host, news reader and producer. She is excited to be working in public radio in the United States for the first time.

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Michelle Loxton

 


The opioid epidemic may not be in the spotlight these days, but it’s still very much present in our local community. Hospitals continue to see overdoses and the coronavirus pandemic is making the situation even worse. 

The Marine Mammal Center

 


Since mid-May, disoriented and sometimes convulsing sea lions have been showing up on beaches across the Central Coast. It has become an annual occurrence with warming seas and algal blooms.

Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office YouTube.

While much of the nation is confronting the ongoing killings of civilians by police officers, in Santa Cruz County, the life of Sergeant Damon Gutzwiller was honored Wednesday. Gutzwiller was killed in the line of duty earlier this month.

Mario Hoppman (AWI Germany).

 

In September 2019, a year-long experiment began. Publicized as the largest Central Arctic expedition in history, it was to be the closest ever look at the Arctic to better understand climate change. This experiment involves hundreds of scientists from around the world, including two from right here in Monterey. But it is currently compromised because of the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office

A vigil has been held for a Santa Cruz County deputy who was killed on Saturday. People gathered outside the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office Sunday to honor Sergeant Damon Gutzwiller.

UC Santa Cruz.

Adequate COVID-19 testing is seen as one of the key requirements needed to contain the coronavirus outbreak. This week, California health officials announced how much testing local counties need to be doing in order to qualify to re-open their communities.

Doug McKnight

 

Over the next three months, tens of thousands of migrant farmworkers will converge on the Central Coast to do something deemed essential in the time of COVID-19, harvest our food. The speciality crops farmed locally, like strawberries and leafy greens, require a lot of hand labor. But the dramatic increase in population could trigger a surge in COVID-19 cases.

 

Monterey County Public Health Laboratory.

 

The Monterey County Public Health Laboratory has increased its COVID-19 testing capacity seven-fold over the last 5 weeks. It’s thanks to one graduate student who offered a helping hand, after a story aired on local public radio.

 

 

Monterey County Office of Education

 

Around 78,000 Monterey County students are no longer in school. At least not physically in school, but rather learning virtually or from a distance. COVID-19 has forced educators, parents and students to convert their homes into classrooms. And for some children with special needs, this new challenge has also created a unique opportunity.

 

 

 

Andy Boy

Many businesses across the Central Coast, especially in the tourism and hospitality industries, are slowing or have shut down. But that isn’t the case for one of our region’s most important sectors, agriculture. In fact, even with or perhaps because of COVID-19,  this industry is thriving. 

 

Michelle Loxton

 

The Monterey County Public Health Laboratory is testing for COVID-19 seven days a week. And they are finding positive cases in the county. KAZU got a tour of the facility, and found out about the challenges the state-run lab is facing.

California Census Office

Households across the country will start receiving 2020 census instructions in the mail this week. The census only happens once every ten years. But historically, many people in Monterey County don’t fill it out.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 


 

Over the last few days, Santa Cruz County officials confirmed that two community members have tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Michelle Loxton

There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Cruz or Monterey counties, but local health officials are still preparing. Twelve counties in California have reported cases of the virus. On Wednesday, the first death occurred in the state.

Michelle Loxton

Preliminary election results are in, but there's still a lot of work to do before the results are certified. KAZU News got a behind-the-scenes look at the vote counting process.

Michelle Loxton

Congressman Jimmy Panetta was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2016. The Congressman is facing his second re-election contest for California’s 20th Congressional District seat. 

Michelle Loxton

Jeff Gorman is the past chair of the Monterey County Republican Party and a small business owner. He is running, for the first time, for the U.S. House of Representatives. He’s vying for the 20th Congressional District seat. The district includes Monterey and San Benito Counties, and parts of Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties.

Michelle Loxton

Local environmental advocate Adam Bolaños Scow is running, for the first time, for California’s 20th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The district includes Monterey and San Benito Counties, and parts of Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties.

Monterey County Water Resource Agency

Many communities in Monterey County receive their water supply from two dams. And those dams are in serious need of repair. Later this spring, its likely voters in the county will be asked to decide whether these costly repairs will go forward.

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

The Pebble Beach Pro-Am is in full swing. The charity tournament sponsored by AT&T has been going on since the 1930s.  There’s always a few key elements: great golf, celebrities, unpredictable weather, and an iconic poster.

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